Timex Sinclair User – Issue Number 3

in #retrocomputing11 months ago (edited)

The Sinclair ZX81 and Spectrum were extremely popular computers in the U.K. during the 1980s and even early 1990s. However, while there were variations of those machines released in the U.S. by Timex, they were sometimes incompatible, had relatively limited software compared to other machines like the Commodore 64, Apple II and TRS-80 and only had very limited success. Timex Sinclair User was a magazine dedicated to these machines and issue number 3 includes:

  • Timexpectations - Software Blues
  • Letters - On U.K. imports, tape recorders, 16K RAMS and the new 2040
  • Software - 3D-Orbiter, Galaxia, ZX-Data Finder and other programs reviewed
  • Cover: T/S Goes to Camp - Ellen Vanstone reports on computer camps that offer the T/S 1000
  • Books - Four colorful, inviting, fun-filled books from Usborne
  • In-Depth - Fred Blechman previews the prototype of the 2000, the Spectrum
  • Focus - Timex Sinclair User rates home management software
  • Hardware 1 - The Timex Sinclair 2040 printer reviewed
  • How to Program - John Gilbert on simple ways of sorting data
  • Program Printout - Dice, Flashcard, Kingdom and five other exciting programs listed

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Blimey, I used to own a ZX81, makes me feel very old!

I know how you feel. The Commodore 64 was my first computer...


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When I was 8, a classmate of mine had one of these, and got me excited about computers. Later that year, my dad brought home a Commodore 64 equipped with both a cassette and a floppy drive, and a Quickshot joystick. It had only a couple of games, but that changed after I entered a new school, and got new friends who also had a c64.